Posted on May 23rd 2013, 10:00 AMJust What Do They Teach You at Stanford, Anyway? Exclusive Excerpt of 'Crane for Creativity,' Julia Davids' E-Book on Her d.school Education
In less than a month, Julia Davids will earn her Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Stanford University's prestigious Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, a.k.a. d.school. To mark the occasion, she's publishing an e-book about her undergraduate experience—this is an exclusive excerpt of the second chapter.
Imagine you attend one of my design classes in Stanford's d.school at Building 550. Many of the structural elements of the building have been left exposed so that it has the feel of a partially renovated garage: cement floors, bare walls. Strange furniture is scattered about the floor; tour guides are known to explain that decorators chose "deliberately uncomfortable" seats to encourage activity. A smattering of professors and students have questioned the use of foam squares or wood blocks as chairs, but the seats remain.
You enter a classroom on the second floor, where 30 or so students populate gray plastic chairs. The room—in fact, the entire building—embodies the principle that furniture mixing is proportionally related to idea mixing. Utility pipes unabashedly expose themselves to you. You take a seat on one of the chairs, but your table scoots away from you because it is on casters. The rock music fades and class is underway.(more...)
Posted on May 23rd 2013, 10:00 AM
La propuesta para el proyecto icónico del nuevo Centro Cultural de Guadalajara, la 2a municipalidad mas poblada de Mexico, encarna y cataliza la escena cultural sobre la siempre animada avenida Chapultepec, además de conformar una nueva atracción de la ciudad de Guadalajara.
A continuación les mostramos el proyecto de PM²G Architects, quienes obtuvieron el 4 lugar (Mención Honrosa) en el concurso.
Una figura espectacular. Tres cuerpos...
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There are roughly 850 sento, or public baths, still operating in Tokyo. Of these, about 200 are decorated with penki-e, large murals that are painted on the interior. It’s common for them to be repainted 2-3 times a year with most featuring Mt. Fuji in various forms. The art form has its origins in a type of low-brow advertising. Vendors would pay for advertisements to be painted on the walls of sento where town folk often went to rest their weary muscles.
3-12-14 Yokogawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 3:30pm – 12 midnight
450 yen per person
5-14-7 Minamiyukigaya, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 4:00pm – 11:30pm
Closed 5th, 15th and 25th of each month
400 yen per person
If you want to truly indulge, head out to Yamanashi prefecture where hotels offer some of the most stunning private baths and views you’ll ever find. But be warned, private baths with views of Mt. Fuji are highly sought after and rates start at around $300 per night (per person).
This is part of a series of posts on Mt. Fuji. The entire series can be found HERE.
Posted on May 23rd 2013, 09:00 AM
Camille Paillard’s Tri-Folds sofa design plays with the folds in the armrests, “practical for slipping in magazines and books or hiding items.”
According to the designer: I like to mix common and unexpected to create new projects. During the workshop with the Swiss brand de Sede, I was able to work with and observe the leather, the material of choice for this manufacturer. For me, it was interesting to play with the beauty of the folds and the material’s innate sensitivity. I designed the sofa with this motif in mind in terms of the armrests. The folds are not only aesthetic, but also practical for slipping in magazines and books or hiding items. Based on de Sede’s choice of my design from the sketches and models submitted, I was able to develop a prototype. Over several months,...
Posted on May 23rd 2013, 09:00 AM
Dock Tray is a minimalist design created by Belgium-based designer Alain Berteau for Objekten. The design was presented at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. Objekten displayed its newest and greatest designs including this multifunctional accessory made for the iPad. Objekten produces its products in Europe, and is designed by well-known industrial designers such as Lehanneur, Willenz, and Berteau.
The focus on Objekten is to utilize quality materials while being aware of the shipping and manufacturing processes. With that said, Dock Tray is constructed of varnished natural oak or dark stained oak sourced directly from harvested forests in Germany. The multifunctional aspect of the design is unique in that an iPad, or similar digital device, can be propped upward by the indented crevices on all four sides, or also laid flat and flush with the border of the tray.
The iPad can be propped either vertically or horizontally, depending on which side of the tray is being used. The designer has also allotted additional storage in the middle of the tray to allow users to place phones, wallets, and other small accessories. As an advocate of minimalism, I truly love how simple yet functional a design such as this can be.
Posted on May 23rd 2013, 09:00 AM
El grupo interdisciplinario Writingplace, basado en la Universidad Tecnológica de Delft, convoca a la segunda conferencia internacional sobre “Métodos Literarios en la Investigación y el Diseño Arquitectónico”, a llevarse a cabo entre el 25 y el 27 de Noviembre de 2013 en Delft, Países Bajos. El comité científico y los organizadores del evento invitan a los interesados a presentar un resumen (abstract) de sus propuestas antes del 1º de Julio de 2013.
Posted on May 23rd 2013, 08:57 AM
It must be nice to be rich.
Posted on May 23rd 2013, 08:53 AM
Dezeen and MINI World Tour: New York designer Stephen Burks tells us how his once rough-edged city is being tamed by world-class architecture, urban...
Posted on May 23rd 2013, 08:40 AM
Repurposing everything is a modern and eco-friendly approach not to waste materials and other resources and this way you needn’t reinvent anything. Wooden pallets keep being the best material for creating furniture pieces, and so are shipping crates. Peveto designed a whole furniture collection of this material, and it’s called FURM. These shipping crates have been repurposed and partially transformed and combined in order to create more elaborate pieces of furniture. There are coffee tables, file cabinets, storage cabinets, mini kitchen islands and even a chair built-in storage underneath. All the pieces are practical and multifunctional and I’ve never seen more charming industrial chic furniture! Each piece may be used for storage, so don’t hesitate to use them for your interior.
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Posted on May 23rd 2013, 08:05 AM
This product is designed for Kuperus & Gardenier, a brand that creates high quality wooden products.Like a piece of paper we wrapped up birch plyw..